Student Housing Business

JAN-FEB 2018

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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN January/February 2018 53 dent housing project is 900 beds. That's twice as many people using common areas, with smaller bed- rooms and shared living areas in unit. Most of the time, they get out of the unit and into study areas and Starbucks-type clubrooms that we provide. Other amenities are digital fitness areas, and Las Vegas-style pools on the roofs of garages for better sun and views. We've also recently incorporated Target Urban, restaurants, and other retail in many projects. Kimsey: We are seeing a contin- ued movement toward group study rooms and collaboration spaces as Gen Z is much more focused on academic success. The biggest new amenity is the provision for package delivery and storage. Seamless Wi-Fi con- nectivity is obviously still very critical. SHB: What types of units are you designing as the student popula- tion moves from Millennials to Gen Z? Minozzi: More than generation- al consideration, the design of units is particularly defined by what the college or universities wants to promote as the "student experience." Some institutions favor common spaces within the units catering to a more individ- ual experience or more intimate bonds within roommates. Other institutions prefer providing lean- er accommodations within the units and larger common areas to be shared throughout wings or floors to promote a more col- legiate driven atmosphere or com- munity driven experience. Kimsey: The latest trend in unit design is a higher percentage of double-occupancy bedrooms because of the cost threshold. Boarman: Formerly, student hous- ing consisted of four-story apart- ment buildings with four-bed- WaHu Student Living, designed by BKV, has 313 apartment units near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. UCCS West Edge Meriel Marina Bay architecture interiors planning 978.989.9900 Boston • Lawrence 2018 opened studio Boston GREG FAULKNER President, Humphreys & Partners Architects Photo courtesy of BKV Group

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